Tuesday, April 15, 2003

American Colonists With Royal Ancestries

Ronald Reagan Jr. on George W. Bush

Salon.com News | Reagan blasts Bush

"My father crapped bigger ones than George Bush," says the former president's son, in a flame-throwing conversation about the war and the Bush administration's efforts to lay claim to the Reagan legacy."

"Some of the most sophisticated news consumers, including progressives worldwide, have become the "blog"-era equivalent of news editors."

WorkingForChange-Internet kills the television blahs
From the Cato Institute:

The Realignment of the World

"The Bush administration believes it will break this pattern because of the virtue with which it will exercise its power. That conviction, however, challenges the philosophy that founded the United States: unchecked power will invariably be abused. "If men were angels, no government would be necessary," James Madison famously wrote in the Federalist Papers. Because we are not angels, "ambition must be made to counteract ambition" so that the government is "unable to concert and carry into effect schemes of oppression." Thus, when international coalitions form to oppose the United States, they will only be putting into practice the philosophy of checks and balances espoused by the American Founders.

The Bush administration's national security strategy runs counter to the Founders' aims another way. In his Farewell Address, President George Washington implored the American people to "avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty." And yet, it is precisely this overgrown military establishment that will be needed to police an implicit American empire.

Consequently, if the United States declares it is assuming imperial responsibilities for the defense of world order, we should not be surprised if other countries conclude that this development signifies a threat to their own liberties. And if the Bush administration thinks differently, it should challenge the political legacy of our first president directly, rather than assert that it is promoting a more democratic and peaceful world."


Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Eleanor Robson: 'The collection lies in ruins, objects from a long, rich past in smithereens'
"Iraq has not been called the cradle of civilisation for nothing: 5,000 years ago it was the birthplace of writing, cities, codified law, mathematics, medicine, and astronomy. The House of Wisdom in ninth-century Baghdad kept classical scholarship alive and promoted a vigorous intellectual reaction to it while Europe was stumbling through the dark ages. "
George, Gratified

More Energy Follies
"Alarmingly, the White House said it was generally pleased with the bill and was particularly "gratified" that it would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. "
Refute this!
"It is the Oil, Stupid!" (by Joseph Clifford) - Media Monitors Network

Exhibits A through Z of how the Oil Bidness has been the source of all the calamities of the Bush Administration, of which he is part and president.